The soap's Peter Beale has lots of admirers

EastEnders star Ben Hardy certainly seems popular with viewers.

The actor, who joined the cast as Peter Beale last summer, receives some unusual tokens of appreciation from admirers.

‘I get some weird sexual fan mail,’ says Ben, 23.

‘Things that men would like to do to me. And I would certainly be uncomfortable with them doing those things.

‘I don’t get any graphic pictures which is good. Let’s keep it that way.’

Lots of Ben’s fans are male but it’s something he’s used to.

‘The homosexual following has increased but I’ve always had it,’ the cute TV star tells Notebook.

‘I did a gay play in the West End so lots of gay theatre buffs were there. But I don’t mind it at all.’

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Anna Francis